Editorials

Pay Adjustments

LAST WEEK, the Belmont County Commissioners cast a split vote on pay adjustments for four administrators and supervisors at the county's department of job and family services.The motions passed, with a dissenting votes cast in light of the uncertain fiscal situation at the department when the ...

Learning Tool

NEWSPAPERS ARE a great educational tool in classrooms around the country. Locally, Newspapers In Education has made a major impact in the lives of countless students.THE NIE program is coordinated by The Times Leader and our sister papers in Wheeling. We provide newspapers and related ...

Bulldog Bonding

MORE SCHOOL districts should use Bridgeport as the blueprint for teamwork and cooperation.The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District is like other Eastern Ohio school systems, always staging a continuous battle to keep finances in the black. Bridgeport is seeking approval for a crucial ...

Job Growth

ACCORDING TO the U.S. Department of Labor, there are new jobs popping up across the nation. Many view this as another sign that the federal government's economic recovery plans are working.While it never hurts to be optimistic, we have to take this information with a grain of salt.It's true ...

Women In Space

"YOU'VE come a long way, baby," might sound rather sexist and possibly politically incorrect (as too many things are), but the Virginia Slims slogan initiated in the late 1960s jauntily sums up the progress of women in the space program.Three women were among the seven astronauts on the space ...

Ohio Union

THOSE at The Ohio State University know how to celebrate - and this time, it isn't a football victory.Thousands of students poured into the new $118 million student union when it opened last week.And, that isn't all as the celebration is just beginning. Special activities are planned this ...

Stronger Ormet

ORMET CORP. means a great deal to the financial well-being of Monroe County, if not the entire Ohio Valley. The aluminum-producing plant, however, has seen its share of ups and downs over the course of the last decade.The Hannibal-based facility once employed thousands of workers with ...

Reason for Hope

IN TODAY'S tough economic climate, any piece of good news is worth embracing.Wednesday's weekly Belmont County commissioners' meeting generated a glimmer of economic optimism. County Auditor Andy Sutak delivered his monthly fiscal update, this one being well received by county officials.Sutak ...

Alcohol Awareness

It may be hard to believe, but April is just around the corner. Spring has arrived and the weather is breaking, with a beautiful weekend in store. Forecasts are calling for mostly sunny skies with highs hitting 80.Spring is in many ways a time for rebirth, and for many people it's the perfect ...

Be Counted

Most people in the Ohio Valley and across the nation have received their official U.S. Census forms. Residents who have not yet received the forms will likely be receiving them soon.It's vital that everyone fill out their forms and return them. Although many of us are busy and may put the ...

Save U.S. Grant

"I PROPOSE to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer."Those words by Civil War Gen. Ulysses S. Grant could be used when defending the continuation of Grant's likeness on the $50 bill.U.S. Rep. Patrick T. McHenry and others early this month proposed to replace the former general and ...

Where does it end?

JOIN THE club. Unfortunately the Village of Shadyside is experiencing what many of its neighboring communities already have dealt with, that being forced to make major and painful cutbacks.Shadyside council members addressed the village's financial problems head on this week. It is a scenario ...

Health Reform

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S year-long crusade to pass health-care legislation came to fruition Tuesday. The president, surrounded by a host of Democratic supporters, put his signature on the $938 billion bill at a pep-rally like ceremony.It landed on his desk Sunday after a razor-thin 219-212 vote in the ...

Rare Tigers

IT WILL be a basketball season not soon forgotten. Nor should it be.The Shadyside Tigers took their passionate fans, as well as the Ohio Valley, on a magic carpet ride this winter. As fate would have it, however, the rug was pulled out from their paws one game prematurely.The well-drilled and ...

Cleaning Up

Spring has arrived, and this past weekend, spring cleaning took to the outdoors as the first of many community cleanups took place in Fairpoint.Officials from both Wheeling and Union townships joined those from Keep Belmont County Beautiful, local students in the Belmont County C-CAP ...

Handcuffing Police

POLICE DEPARTMENTS throughout the Ohio Valley are being forced to carry out their life-threatening jobs with less financial support. It is the nature of the local landscape.The Bellaire Police Department is the latest to feel the brunt of budget cuts. The village of Bellaire needed to trim some ...

Be Counted

IT'S TIME to sit down and be counted.Of course, if you're more comfortable while standing up, it won't take long to fill out a census form.This year's form is one of the shortest in the nation's history so no one has an excuse to ignore it.And, there are good reasons to provide the information ...

Speeling Bee

LET THE spelling begin.The 24th Annual Belmont County Spelling Bee unfolds tonight at Ohio University Eastern. It will bring together the best spellers throughout the county, determined by bees at their respective schools.Two spellers from each school punched their ticket into tonight's ...

St. Patrick

WE DON'T know if St. Patrick ever actually tasted beef brisket cooked with cabbage and potatoes -- he actually lived before potatoes were sent from the New World back to Ireland -- and we hope he never tasted any green beer.But whether or not you're Irish, whether or not you like traditional ...

Get to Work

THE AILING Ohio budget is an issue of utmost importance. So much so, that a legislative commission was formed seven months ago to tackle the state's budget hole.Seven months later, the Budget Planning and Management Commission has yet to hold a meeting. So what is the holdup? Precious time is ...